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Palm's Linux-powered Foleo has potential, but only if Palm can stop denying that the device is actually laptop, reckons Sascha Segan of Gearlog. Palm has positioned the Foleo as a "mobile companion" for itinerant workers needing only email, document prep, and PowerPoint capabilities.

The Foleo has been pitched as a "revolutionary product category" ever since Palm began hiring Linux developers more than a year ago. When Palm unveiled the device last month, it breathlessly billed the Foleo as the first of a "new class" of products likely to go down in history as Palm's best-selling ever -- more popular than the Treo smartphone, and more popular than the original "Palm Pilot."

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